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Karos Online

Third and final closed beta begins on Friday, offerring a chance to preview gameplay with high-level characters.

Seoul, Korea – Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 – The third and last closed beta event for NHN Corporation’s new free-to-play MMORPG Karos Online will be held this Friday and Saturday (27th/28th November), offering players a unique opportunity to preview gameplay with high-level characters. NHN announced today that two guild-focused Mine Takeovers have been scheduled to take place during the event; one on each day. "Our last closed beta event will allow players who enjoy guild PvP to jump straight into it at a high level," said Heejin Jeong, Senior Overseas Sales Manager at NHN Corporation. "Throughout the event, new characters can be brought up to the highest available level (44) within minutes, enabling fast access to specialist skills that are really effective in massive battles like the Mine Takeovers, as well as in questing and dungeons. We're also stocking the characters up with currency, equipment and items, making it easy for players to explore, fight and craft at an advanced level right from the start."

The upcoming beta event also introduces a new character class: the dark and dangerous Sorceress, who channels the ancient mystical power within her Shadow blood to weaken and destroy opponents. At level 15, a Sorceress can become a Banshee, whose debuffs and curses render enemies helpless, or a Spellbinder who focuses on inflicting damage with a variety of magical attacks. The Sorceress class will be playable during the event, along with the previously announced classes of Blader (two-handed melee attacks), Rogue (dual-wielded attacks), Bowmistress (ranged missile attacks) and Mystic (ranged magical attacks).

To apply for beta participation, simply create an account at www.karosgame.com and click 'Apply Now'. If you have been accepted into a previous beta event, you will receive instructions two to three days before the event begins -- there is no need to re-apply. As a special bonus for players participating in the final closed beta event, all character names will be bound to their corresponding player accounts for later use in open beta and launch (this applies to names only; the characters themselves will be wiped prior to open beta). The open beta will begin on the 4th of December, and the English release of Karos Online is scheduled for Q4 2009. German and Turkish versions will follow in 2010.

Karos Online - Stunning 3D Action Fantasy MMORPG

Karos Online ( http://www.karosgame.com) is a brand new free-to-play fantasy MMORPG developed by Galaxy Gate (lead developers of Laghaim and Last Chaos), to be published in Europe and North America by NHN Corporation. An English release is scheduled for Q4 2009, with German and Turkish versions to follow.

In Karos Online, players take the role of a hero determined to defeat the curse of darkness falling over the world of Asmara and ascend to ultimate glory by becoming the mythical Karos warrior. Through questing, guild clashes and mass PvP, they enter the fight for domination over the world's vital energy source, Fletta. Fletta provides the basis for the game's unique and complex alternate progression system; alongside traditional leveling within the game, Fletta energy can be used to increase stats, give buffs, buy resources and enchant items.

With a strong RPG component, wide range of class skills and fantastic visual combat effects, Karos Online offers a rich player experience and an exciting end-game for guilds, including castle sieges and resource control points. There are a variety of dynamic dungeons to explore, with shifting paths and surprises to challenge players as they progress in level. The economy is well-developed, with mining, fishing and crafting elements, and a consignment system for storage.

Karos Online offers rare graphical quality for its small client size, has low minimum requirements, and will be accessible to a vast range of computers. Videos demonstrating graphics and gameplay are now available on the official website at www.karosgame.com, and more features will be revealed as the beta test continues.

Karos Online features

• Breathtaking 3D graphics and combat action effects

• 5 different races and 9 original classes, evolving into 36 different specialized classes

• Dynamic, evolving dungeons with shifting paths and surprises

• Guild wars, territory control and large-scale castle siege battles

• Alternate Fletta level progression system

• Elaborate mining, fishing and crafting system

• Small client size (760MB) and low minimum PC requirements

• Keyboard and mouse control both available

About NHN Corporation

NHN Corporation (KOSDAQ KOSPI: 035420) was established in 1999 and is currently the leading multi-national internet company in Korea, operating internet search portal and gaming services in Korea, Japan and China. Its products include Naver, Korea’s largest search portal with more than 17 million unique daily visitors, and leading Korean portal Hangame, which brought KRW 366.7 billion (206 million €) in revenue in 2008, a 51% increase versus 2007. For more information, please visit http://www.nhn.com/en.

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